Watch: Nordurland

Stu Nettle
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Nordurland is a film about going surfing in the harsh, cold waters of the North Atlantic.  It follows three friends from the subtropical northern rivers of NSW Australia, surfers Torren Martyn and Laurie Towner, as well as needessentials founder and designer Ryan Scanlon.

They travel to isolated, snow covered coastlines in search of remote waves with filmmaker Ishka Folkwell, beautifully capturing these vast and stunning landscapes. Featuring an original soundtrack composed by Headland, glaciers, mountains and powerful icy surf all come to life in this adventure to the far north.

Torren Martyn's narration throughout the film offers a personal reflection on the trip and a real glimpse into the challenges and rewards of traveling to frozen, distant lands in search of surf.

 

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Blowin commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 10:25am

What’s Vimeo all about? Why ? What’s wrong with YouTube which I have a channel for on my big screen TV ?

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Fazesurf commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 12:40pm

Different audiences. While the numbers are really different and youtube offers a lot more in terms of uploading to 8k etc but overall its content I think is questionable. Vimeo is very niche and cinematic.. You're not going to find gamers and Ryan's Toy Review on Vimeo..

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OHV500 commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 12:43pm

No Ads on Vimeo, better quality upload and download. With many more options for formatting content. A way better option for film.

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wozz commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 11:58pm

I hear you mate Vimeo is absolute crap.

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daisy duke kaha... commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 10:33am

I've got frozen Nordurland on one monitor and humid Duranbah on the other and I'm all over the shop.

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dandandan commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 11:38am

Beautiful waves and landscapes, but I am never ever going on a surf trip that is any colder than the place I already live.

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OHV500 commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 12:44pm

I'd love to give this a go. No one around, just nature, a perfect place for you and a few mates.

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adambol1 commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 1:42pm

Great story and testament to improvements in wetsuit tech.

If it was easy eveyone would do it.

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shoredump commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 1:48pm

My kind of adventure

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velocityjohnno commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 2:06pm

What a dreamscape.

I'm curious for any of the needessentials crew reading: what kind of wetties do you need in 3 degree water with windchill? And also: what kind of surfwax works there!?

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Solitude commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 9:01pm

Went surfing with some lads from
NE England (Scarborough) region. Water was 3 deg also (they get these crazy cold water currents on that side- colder than Thurso Scotland).
They kitted us up with 6 ml steamer, gloves, hood and boots. Was like another sport, so heavy and cumbersome. To see Laurie surf like that in that kind of gear is special.

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clif commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 9:47pm

haha it is not that bad, although i can understand why the first time feels like that. you get used to the kit. stops feeling heavy and cumbersome after a short while. you can also thin out the kit if you want to go a short intense high performance session - which they likely do. doesn't bother me anymore. the solitude it leads to is more than worth it.

"Don't try. That's very important: not to try." Charles Bukowski

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linez commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 2:34pm

Unreal.. thoroughly enjoyed that.

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spencie commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 2:58pm

Beautifully done.

easterly

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Ash commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 4:19pm

That last wave and the extreme conditions make great viewing. I take my hat off to the boys for heading out in that and those backward waterfalls are just out there.

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wbat commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 5:02pm

Loved it.
Loved the Baddy Tribute at the end too.

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OHV500 commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 5:29pm

second that :))

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coxypk commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 6:02pm

A very cool surf trip indeed

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simba commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 6:52pm

wow,beautiful photography ..and well done Needs! Loved it.....great surfing in really adverse conditions,extreme test for your wetties and they obviously work real well.Some fukin heavy waves at the end of that movie...

simba

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blackers commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 7:47pm

Absolutely beautiful. Spent some time up that way years ago. Didn't see anyone surfing The locals thought we were crazy when we went swimming, the result of a drunken bet. Water felt as cold as southern Tassie.

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therealneil commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 8:01pm

Ballacheingly beautiful

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zenagain commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 8:01pm

In response to VJ, probs 6mil taped and glued, built in hood, 7 mil boots and gloves all in perfect condition.

Sticky Bumps cold for wax.

That would be my guess.

Watashi wa metabo oyagi desu.

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simba commented Monday, 8 Apr 2019 at 8:34pm

7 mil boots....how do you feel your board?...yeah i know with great difficulty....but ....geez waters 24deg here now and boardies feel real nice.

simba

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velocityjohnno commented Tuesday, 9 Apr 2019 at 9:26am

Thanks Solitude, Cliff and Zen above - the way things are for me I can't really travel tropical, so both snow and surf trips going colder is the go. 6mm - hahah it would feel like being an astronaut! But probably just as much of a pioneer.
I have had a 5/4 Quikkie with inbuilt hood for many years and it's held together really well, I can understand a bit of restrictive feeling.

I'm also wondering if the guys packed a snowboard? Surf blown out? Snowboard down the street :)

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freeride76 commented Tuesday, 9 Apr 2019 at 1:29pm

Great viewing...that little peak they surfed halfway through.
I would kill for something like that.

Missed the last swell by being up the Goldy and surfing a mix of ultra crowded DBah, or very soft Greenmount and Alley.

Drove around for 2 hours this morning and didn't have the ticker to take on onshore 2 footers.

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Craig commented Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019 at 7:36am

Great little clip and it captures the stoke from just adventuring to new and more inhospitable places while still being 'slightly' comfortable. That heaving shorey/beach with ice crystals was gnar.

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Roadkill commented Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019 at 10:27am

Avocado on toast with fermented red cabbage..hipster heaven. Vimeo is a bit more for those who think they are contributing to cinematography. This is a great piece and visually stunning.

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haggis commented Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019 at 2:36pm

Anyone got a needs essential wettie. I wear 5/3 chestzip flashbombs in tassie but they are now 679 bucks. the needs steamer is 400 bucks. Anyone got any info on them. - quality etc. I notice they are sold out. So that must be a good thing?

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Body slide commented Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019 at 8:48pm

Lots of crew on the surf coast have em. I’ve got a 4/3 chest zip with the thermal lining from last year. I love it. Super warm all winter. I bodysurf so am in the water up to my neck and need the warmest thing I can get. I’d
Recommend them.

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Solitude commented Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019 at 9:08pm

Needed a springy last winter and they were out so got a long arm short leg. Don’t rate it at all, fairly stiff and weird short leg cut that crush the figs.
Definitely wouldn’t swear off em but don’t love my first experience.

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OHV500 commented Friday, 12 Apr 2019 at 12:22pm

Hi haggis: I have a Need 4/3 Chest zip which was perfect for Tassie last winter (East Coast) I live Melbourne so surf - Surf Coast, East Coast, Phillip Island and The Prom, it suits me fine. Its in its 4th season now :))
Using a Need short sleeve springy for summer - probably up until end of easter.
I find them bloody fantastic. I swore I'd never go past a RipCurl but ...

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Finntim commented Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019 at 8:24pm

Really enjoyed that. Dug that soundtrack too.Hey haggis, Ive just taken delivery a 3\2 steamer and it looks the goods especially for the price. Still too warm here yet (nsw) to wear. Fit really well, first try on though. Quality vs price? Looks like a winner.

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barreldogs commented Wednesday, 10 Apr 2019 at 10:42pm

That was soooo much more up my alley than the surf videos these days I can no longer relate to. As for Needs wetties, I have a 3/2 chest zip steamer that I use for Summer down here in Tassie, and the jury is still out. Flex and comfort once in are great, but warmth isn't as good as others. The seams are meant to be sealed, but seem to let in a lot more than my Quik version (I'm old and have two of every seasons Wettie to make sure I'm always getting in a dry suit), and the shoulder zip doesn't let me in as easily as either the Quik, or O'Neill 5/3 I have. Having said that, I love the companies ideals, and have just ordered one of their new 4/3 steamers for our shoulder season upcoming, so stay tuned I guess.

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haggis commented Thursday, 11 Apr 2019 at 3:48pm

Thanks guys. Hope you get some waves this Easter.

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GODS QUAD commented Friday, 12 Apr 2019 at 10:34am

What a breath of fresh air this is to watch! Adventure, landscapes, beautiful stylish surfing, great soundtrack and quality film making.

How boring has the 4 min edit with the same thrashy punk song and 47 air reverses, become? Give me this all day, everyday!

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Reefeater commented Saturday, 13 Apr 2019 at 6:10am

That was relaxing....wonder if they need another test pilot for the next adventure.

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H2O commented Saturday, 13 Apr 2019 at 5:40pm

Beautiful and inspiring - thanks!

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hawk commented Saturday, 13 Apr 2019 at 8:28pm

That was really Refreshing,
Laurie Towner could be a stunt double for Mick Fanning, so smooth!
And the other dude was pretty cool to watch. Awesome clip!

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